Intro to the Foxtrot

Celebrating the dance revolution of the 1940s!

1940s Hyped Dance Move

If you are interested in ballroom dancing, it may interest you a great deal to learn about the Foxtrot. This is a very popular style of ballroom dancing. In fact, it is frequently referred to as the "Rolls Royce" of standard dance. The following is a list of useful things to know about the Foxtrot.

Characteristics

The Foxtrot is a relatively challenging dance that is also appealing to look at and romantic in tone. This dance is comprised of simple walking steps and side steps. The footwork of the dance consists of both slow and fast steps. This dance is done very smoothly and with a lot of flow. There is no choppy movements or jerks of the body. The pattern of steps is typically "slow, quick, quick" or "slow, slow, quick, quick." It is advisable that you learn the Waltz and Quickstep before trying the Foxtrot, so that you will be more prepared to be able to master the more complex footwork of the Foxtrot.

History of the Foxtrot

The Foxtrot found its origins in the 1920s in the United States. The Foxtrot originated in 1914 by a Vaudeville actor named Harry Fox who performed a variety act in New York City. In fact, its name was derived from his.As part of his act, Harry Fox performed a comical trotting dance to ragtime music. The act was a hit and Fox’s “Trot” became popular in dance studios and dancing halls. At first, the Foxtrot had many short, “trotting” steps, as well as kicks, jumps and lunges. By the 1930s, the Foxtrot slowed down in tempo and dancers started taking longer steps and creating the elegant, continuous strides we associate with Foxtrot dancing today. Traditionally, the Foxtrot is danced to Big Band style music, however, many styles of music, including modern up –tempo songs and ballads, work well with the Foxtrot style dance.

Fly Me To The Moon

Foxtrot Lesson (Beginner)

Wednesday, March 5th, 11am

Mr. Beasley's Classroom A234

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Foxtrot Dance Music at its Finest!

“The Way You Look Tonight” Frank Sinatra
“Lucky” Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillait
“L.O.V.E” Nat King Cole
“The Best is Yet To Come” Michael Buble
“It Had to Be You” Harry Connick, Jr.
“Fly Me to the Moon” Frank Sinatra
“Big Time” Big & Rich
“You Got Me” Colbie Caillait